Prahran Football Club History

1886

Prahran Football Club formed at meeting at Prahran Court House on 20 March, 1886. Colours of Royal Blue and Sky Blue adopted. Entry into Victorian Football Association sought and gained. Home games at Warehouseman's Ground (later known as Albert Reserve).

1887

Home games played at Wesley College. Due to unrest among the stronger clubs, the VFA reduces the number of clubs. As a result Prahran was forced to amalgamate with St. Kilda.

1897

Eight clubs break-away from VFA to form Victorian Football League.

1899

Prahran Football Club reformed at meeting on 15 March 1899 at Prahran Town Hall and re-admitted to VFA. Home games at Toorak Park.

1909

Prahran finished season on top of ladder. After losing semi-final to Brunswick (5.6.36 to 8.6.54), Prahran sacked 4 players in mysterious circumstances. Defeated in Grand Final by Brunswick - 8.7.55 to 10.11.71

1910

Prahran finished season fourth. Lost Semi Final to Essendon Association (2.7.19 to 5.9.39).

1911

Finished season third. Again lost Semi Final to Essendon Association.

1918

After World War I, VFA resumed play with 6 teams & shortened season (10 games). Prahran finished second to North Melbourne. Defeated 3.10.22 to 18.13.121 by North in final.

1920

Bert Chadwick, later Melbourne player & Premiership Captain/Coach and Brownlow Medal Runner-up, played season for Prahran.

1928

Frank Smith awarded the Recorder Cup. First Prahran player to win this trophy.

1931

Bill Koop awarded the Recorder Cup.

1934

Full-Forward George Hawkins became first Prahran player to kick century of goals with 107.

1935

Les White awarded Prahran's third Recorder Cup in eight seasons.

1936

Prahran finished home and away season second to Brunswick. Prahran 15.18.108 d Brunswick 14.14.98 in 2nd Semi Final. Northcote 19.6.120 d Prahran 15.15.105 in Grand Final.

1937

Prahran finished fourth after home and away rounds. Prahran 11.18.84 drew Yarraville 12.12.84 in 1st Semi Final. Prahran won the replay by 28 points. Prahran 14.12.96 d Brighton 9.9.63 in Preliminary Final. Prahran 12.13.85 d Brunswick 11.17.83 in Grand Final to win the club's first premiership.

1938

Prahran again finished fourth after home and away matches. Northcote defeated Prahran by 15 points in 1st Semi Final. Jack Lowry tied Williamstown player Huggins for VFA Medal.

1939

Prahran finished the season at the top of the ladder. Lost 2nd Semi Final to Brunswick and Preliminary Final to Williamstown. George Hawkins broke VFA goalkicking record by kicking 164 goals for the season.

1939-40

Harold Bray, later to play for and captain St.Kilda, played two seasons for Prahran. Bray was runner-up in the Brownlow in 1947 and third in 1949 and 1952.

1940

Prahran finished third. Won 1st Semi Final 16.26.122 to Preston 17.11.113. In the Preliminary Final Prahran 15.21.111 d Williamstown 11.16.82. Port Melbourne 23.22.160 d Prahran 17.11.113 to win premiership at MCG. Roy Lyons kicked 9 goals for Prahran in the Grand Final.

1941

Prahran second (by percentage) to Port Melbourne. Lost 2nd Semi Final by 2 points. Coburg won Preliminary Final by 31 points. Roy Lyons kicked 109 goals for season.

1945-47

Former Fitzroy player Keith Stackpole (father of the Australian test cricketer) appointed Captain/Coach.

1946

Prahran won 5 games for season, but still 'won' wooden spoon.

1947

Prahran improved to make finals, but lost 1st Semi Final to Sandringham 6.18.54 to 10.6.66

1950

Recruits included 1948 Morrish Medallist Ray Harvey from Melbourne, Russell Grambeau from Sandringham and Don Chipp from Melbourne Seconds.

1951

Prahran finished second to Port Melbourne. Prahran 19.19.133 d Port 12.13.85 in 2nd Semi. Prahran 11.13.79 defeated Port Melbourne 10.10.70 in Grand Final.

1953

Prahran fourth. Lost 9.7.61 to Yarraville 8.16.64 in First Semi Final. Prahran player Roy Hart won the Stawell Gift foot race held at Easter.

1959

Expelled from VFA after losing sole use of Toorak Park. Joined Metropolitan FL. Prahran 4.14.38 defeated East Hawthorn 4.6.30 for Premiership. Prahran lost one game for season.

1960

Re-admitted to VFA. Ray Harvey retired as a senior player after 206 games & 328 goals in 11 years.

1961

VFA split into two divisions. Prahran in 2nd Division

1962

Garry Butler awarded Field Trophy as Best & Fairest in 2nd Division. Dandenong 16.24.120 defeated Prahran 8.12.60 in Grand Final

1963

Prahran lost Preliminary Final to Preston by 34 points.

1964

Kevin Sheedy played first senior game. Played 50 games (1964-7) Recruited by Richmond after first game of 1967 season. Played 251 games for Richmond (1967-79) and coached Essendon in over 400 games (1981-2001)

1966

Prahran finished third. PFC 11.15.81 defeated Sunshine 2.7.19 in 1st Semi, beat Northcote by a point in Preliminary Final. Prahran 17.12.114 defeated Geelong West 5.15.45 in Grand Final and won promotion to First Division.

1968

Kevin Rose appointed Captain/Coach. Prahran finish second. In the Grand Final Preston 15.8.98 defeated Prahran 12.12.84.

1970

Prahran topped the ladder with 15 wins (18 games) PFC 10.15.75 defeated Williamstown 9.15.69 in Second Semi Final. In Grand Final Prahran 17.18.120 defeated Williamstown 10.10.70.

1973

Prahran fourth. Won First Semi Final 18.21.139 to Port Melbourne 10.17.77. Beat Dandenong by 29 points in Preliminary Final. Prahran 15.23.113 defeated Oakleigh 10.18.78 for Premiership.

1974

Kim Smith played first game with PFC. Leading club goalkicker every year from 1974-82 except 1975 when he played at Melbourne. '74 - 55 goals, '76 - 56, '77 - 69, '78 - 95, '79 - 97, '80 - 93, '81 - 68, '82 - 77. Retired after 1982 season with 610 goals in 136 games for Prahran.

1975

Wayne Johnston recruited from Wandin North. Went on to play 69 games and kick 173 goals for PFC including 1978 Premiership. Also finished in top three of B&F 1975-8. Played 209 games (283 goals) for Carlton (1979-90) including 1979, 81-2 & 87 Premierships.

1976

Ross Thornton joins Prahran. plays 71 games including '78 Premiership then recruited by Fitzroy in 1980. Played 146 games for Fitzroy (1980-9)

1978

Prahran finished third. Won First Semi against Dandenong by 25 points. Defeated Port Melbourne 20.14.134 to 16.16.112 in Preliminary Final. Prahran 21.15.141 defeated Preston 17.17.119 to win a classic Grand Final clash at the Junction Oval, St.Kilda.

1979

Prahran beaten in First Semi-Final by Port Melbourne.

1983

Graeme Yeats, after several years ith Prahran Juniors, recruited by Melbourne. 182 games and 45 goals with MFC (1984-95, including 1988 Grand Final.) Later Played in Springvale & coached Sandringham Premierships.

1985

Prahran finished tenth of twelve clubs. VFA restructure of divisions meant that PFC relegated to Second Division with Werribee and Box Hill.

1986

Jim Stynes recruited from Ireland by Melbourne sent to Prahran to learn game. Played 12 games (10 goals) for PFC. At Melbourne played 264 games (244 consecutive) and won 1991 Brownlow Medal.

1987

Prahran 18.9.117 defeated Waverley 14.14.98 to win Second Division Premiership.

1992

Bryan Taylor kicked 16 goals in game against Oakleigh.

1993

Michael Sinni awarded JJ Liston Trophy. First time Liston won by a Prahran player, first major VFA award since Les White's Recorder Cup win in 1935, with the execption of Garry Butler's Field Trophy in 1962.

1994

Prahran played its last game in the Victorian Football Association. Although having beaten reigning premier Werribee, won only 3 games and collected wooden spoon.

1995-98

Club in recess.

1999

Prahran returns to the field with two junior teams, Under 10 and Under 12 in the Moorabbin Saints Junior Football League, and Senior, Reserve and Club XVIII teams which play in the Victorian Amateur Football Association as Prahran Amateur FC, formed from amalgamation with Southbank AFC. The Club XVIII team was formerly affiliated with Kew Amateur FC.

2000

Tony Free (ex-Richmond) appointed coach. Junior teams (Under 9, 11 & 13) play in Waverley Junior Football Association.

2001

Tony Free plays his first game in 5 years and inspires his team to its first win of the season. André Pitts plays his 250th game for the club. Four junior teams (U 9, 10, 12 & 14) compete in the WJFA.

2002

1978 Premiership coach Mick Erwin returns to Club as Football Director. Derek Hine returns to role of Senior Coach. Five junior teams (u9, 10, 11, 13 in WJFA & u15 in Yarra JFL) Under 15 team wins Division 2 Premiership. Under 13 wins B Section Premiership. Two Blues name their Team of the Century. Bill Morrow, ToC centre half forward passed away at the end of the season.

2003

 

 

After luring former Port Melbourne coach Neil Ross to the club as Derek Hine's assistant, Hine is appointed to the position of Player Development Officer at Collingwood. Neil Ross is appointed head coach at Oakleigh Chargers two weeks later and Prahran is without a senior coach just two months before the start of the season. John Ross is appointed to the role after seven seasons as reserves coach with Southbank/Prahran. Despite the disruption during the pre-season the Two Blues win their first round one clash for 5 years. Their opponent in that game, Ormond, is however destined to drop from B Section straight through C & into D1. Prahran wins only twice more in the remaining 17 rounds. One of those wins a remarkable comeback in the return game at Ormond after trailing by 20 points going into time on in the last quarter. The Club XVIII team does the club proud by reaching the Grand Final. The junior section of the club continued to grow, with six teams fielded. (u9, 10, 11, 12, & 14 in WJFA & a joint Glen Iris/Prahran team in the u16/17 colts section of the YJFL) The under 11 & 12 teams won B Section premierships. Long serving Team Manager/Committeeman Len Reed and Club Legend Ray Harvey both passed away after the season. His assistant John Ross took over at a difficult time as the club was in constantly in relegation battles

2004

At the end of season 2002, coach Derek Hine was appointed to the role of Development Coach at Collingwood.
His assistant John Ross took over at a difficult time as the club was in constantly in relegation battles.
After five seasons in C Grade- the club finished eighth three times- Prahran was relegated to D1 for 2004.

2005

Leigh Stafford in his second year as playing coach took the club winning a final before bowing out in the preliminary final of Division 1

2006

Staffored ended his three years in charge and after losing the first nine games miraculoulsy avoided relegation with a barnstorming finish to the season.

2007

Champion St Kevins footballer Paul Greenham took charge as playing coach and in his first season took the club to the finals bowing out to Hampton Rovers.

2008

Greenham badly injured his knee in an inter-league match and the team's efforts fell away accordingly. The disqualification of Peninsula averted demotion in 2008, but the Two Blues plummeted to D2 and then D3 at the end of 2010.

2009

Stephen Mead from Oakleigh Chargers took over as non playing coach.

2010

Mead was transferred in his employment and replaced by 1978 premiership player Serge D'Angelo. A frustrating season with narrow losses and key injuries saw the club relegated to Divison 3.

2011


Stafford returned as non playing senior coach in 2011 after three seasons as football manager.
Late in 2010 a joint venture with Assumption College Kilmore was approved.
Assumption is steeped in football history and fielded a team in the VAFA up to the 1960s.

These two proud football institutions, who both sport the Two Blues colours, formed the Prahran Assumption Football Club and went through the Division 3 season undefeated to earn promotion to Division 2 as premier and champions.

2012

Stafford stood down as coach and was replaced by former Therry Penola player and Under 19s coach Ashley Mills.
Grand finalists v Bulleen Templestowe, defeated by two points promoted to Division 1.

 

 

 

 

Year

President

Coach

Captain

Best & Fairest

1886

J Donovan

 

A Rusden

 

1887

G Taylor

 

C Dunne

 

1889

T Simmons

 

G Johnston

 

1900

T Simmons

 

T Brown/J McInerney

 

1901

T Simmons

 

T Brown/J McInerney

 

1902

T Simmons

 

J McInerney

 

1903

D Mackinnon

 

T Brown

 

1904

D Mackinnon

 

G Brown

 

1905

D Mackinnon

 

H Pontin

 

1906

D Mackinnon

 

B Fraser

 

1907

D Mackinnon

 

J Dowding

 

1908

D Mackinnon

 

E Rourke

 

1909

D Mackinnon

 

E Rourke

 

1910

D Mackinnon

 

A Woods

 

1911

D Mackinnon

 

F Dowsing

 

1912

D Mackinnon

 

F Dowsing

 

1913

D Mackinnon

G Johnson

G Johnson

 

1914

D Mackinnon

A Woods

A Woods

 

1915

D Mackinnon

J Moroney

J Moroney

 

1916

D Mackinnon

J Moroney

J Moroney

 

1917

D Mackinnon

J Moroney

J Moroney

 

1918

D Mackinnon

J Moroney

J Moroney

 

1919

D Mackinnon

J Moroney

J Moroney

 

1920

D Mackinnon

J Toohey

J Moroney

 

1921

D Mackinnon

J Moroney

J Moroney

 

1922

D Mackinnon

T O’Halloran

T O’Halloran

 

1923

D Mackinnon

H Kerley

T Bayliss

 

1924

D Mackinnon

J House

J House

 

1925

H Spencer

J Howell

J Scales

 

1926

R Crouch

F Harley

F Harley

 

1927

B Reedy

J Russell

J Russell

 

1928

J O’Connor

J Lord

J Lord

 

1929

J O’Connor

J Lord

J Lord

 

1930

J O’Connor

J Lord

N Clark/B Osbourne

 

1931

J O’Connor

W Adams

W Adams

 

1932

J O’Connor

G Lucas

G Lucas

 

1933

J O’Connor

L Gough

L Gough

 

1934

J O’Connor

L Westcott

L Westcott

 

1935

J O’Connor

L Westcott

L Westcott

 

1936

J O’Connor

L Westcott

L Westcott

 

1937

J O’Connor

L Wescott

N Williams

 

1938

J O’Connor

L Westcott

N Williams

 

1939

J O’Connor

W Faul

W Faul

 

1940

J O’Connor

W Faul

W Faul

W Faul

1941

J O’Connor

W Faul

W Faul

W Faul

1945

J O’Connor

K Stackpole

K Stackpole

L Gardner

1946

J O’Connor

K Stackpole

K Stackpole

 

1947

J O’Connor

K Stackpole

K Stackpole

J Fergeus

1948

J O’Connor

S Dyer

S Dyer

P Walsh

1949

J O’Connor

W Faul

P Walsh

P Walsh

1950

J O’Connor

Faul

P Walsh

R Harvey

1951

J O’Connor

W Faul

P Walsh

R Harvey

1952

J O’Connor

W Faul

P Walsh

I Armstrong

1953

J O’Connor

P Walsh

P Walsh

R Wales

1954

J O’Connor

P Walsh

P Walsh

M Kruse

1955

J O’Connor

J Gaffney

J Gaffney

J Elliott

1956

J O’Connor

J Brenchley

F Shillabeer

R Harvey

1957

F Armstrong

D Fraser

D Fraser

R Harvey

1958

F Armstrong

J Gaffney

R Harvey

J Hooper

1959

F Shillabeer

J Gaffney

R Harvey

J Vurlow

1960

F Shillabeer

J Gaffney

R Harvey

C Boyd

1961

M Hurley

P Walsh

B Pearson

B Lambert

1962

M Hurley

P Walsh

B Pearson

G Butler

1963

M Hurley

D Jones

D Jones

K Steele

1964

C Lux

D Jones

D Jones

B Lambert

1965

C Lux

G Dunscombe

B Pearson

B Wishart

1966

C Lux

G Dunscombe

G Butler

D Kirby

1967

C Lux

G Dunscombe

G McMahon

D Albiston

1968

C Lux

K Rose

K Rose

K Rose

1969

J Morgans

K Rose

K Rose

E Hutchesson

1970

J Morgans

K Rose

K Rose

K Emselle

1971

J Morgans

K Rose

K Rose

R Payne

1972

J Morgans

K Rose

K Rose

R Appleton

1973

J Morgans

K Rose

K Emselle

K Emselle

1974

J Morgans

I Thorogood/K Rose

D Culpin

R Anderson

1975

C Lux

J Townsend

J Townsend

J Townsend

1976

C Lux

J Townsend

J Townsend

J Townsend

1977

W Dane

D Clay

D Clay

G Austin

1978

W Dane

M Erwin

R Anderson

L Pepe

1979

W Dane

M Erwin

R Anderson

R Thornton

1980

Sir R Steele

M Erwin

R Anderson

R Anderson

1981

Sir R Steele

 M Erwin

K Smith

G Dickson

1982

Sir R Steele

B Price

K Smith

G Dickson

1983

Sir R Steele

N Mills

G Dickson

S Grambeau

1984

Sir R Steele

N Mills

G Dickson

P McDonald

1985

Dr D Kennedy/A Blamey

N Mills

G Giles

G Giles

1986

A Blamey

G Hutchison

G Hutchison

G Hutchison

1987

A Blamey

G Hutchison

G Hutchison

C Walder

1988

B Day

G Hutchison

G Hutchison

P McCarty

1989

B Day

G Hutchison

G Hutchison

G Kiley

1990

B Day

R Thornton

R Thornton

W Morrissey

1991

R Roulston

B Taylor

B Taylor

R Bolzon

1992

R Roulston

B Taylor

R Chapple

S Lennox

1993

A Coote

B Taylor

R Chapple

S Lennox

1994

A Coote

J Durnan

R Chapple

W Morrissey

 

1994-1998

T Habel

Club in recess

Club in recess

Club in recess

 

 

 

 

PRAHRAN AMATEUR FOOTBALL CLUB 1999-2010 (VAFA)

 

Year

President

Coach

Captain

General Manager

Seniors B&F

Reserves B&F

Len Reed Memorial Best Clubman

1999

K Bremner

D Hine

A Pitts

T Brain

K Walford

N Wallmeyer

N Wallmeyer

2000

T Habel

T Free

D Gallagher

N Wallmeyer

T Murphy

N Roberts

L Reed/C Peel

2001

T Habel

T Free

D Gallagher

R Sleeth

W Taseff

T Fraser

R Lucas

2002

T Habel

D Hine

A Rhodes

R Sleeth

M Harvey

C Morans

B Cleary

2003

T Habel

J Ross

A Rhodes

R Sleeth

A Sleight

W Walford

W Walford

2004

T Habel

L Stafford

A Rhodes

R Sleeth

A Sleight

J Bedford

K Matherson

2005

T Habel

L Stafford

A Sleight

N Wallmeyer

G Beven

P Gartland

T Mackay

2006

K Matherson

L Stafford

L Northway/G Beven

N Wallmeyer

L Northway

W Barber

R Linford/M Radywonik

2007

K Matherson

P Greenham

L Northway/G Beven

N Wallmeyer

A Sleight

W Walford

R Lucas/M Windridge

2008

K Matherson

P Greenham

L Northway

T Mackay

D Harrison

B Field

R Lucas

2009

K Matherson

S Mead

P Donahoo

P Goodwin/T Mackay

D Falcone/D Stewart

N Gill

S Powell

2010

K Matherson

S D/Angelo

L Northway

N Wallmeyer

J Musster

A Stewart

S Caruso

2011

F Maya

L Stafford

A Sleight

N Wallmeyer

A Sleight/A Parsons

N Fields

T Evans

2012

F Maya

A Mills

A Sleight

N/A

P Donahoo

D Bourke

M Bremner

 

2013

F Maya

A Mills

A Sleight/JMatherson

N/A

M Wall

M Laverty

R Lucas

2014

F Maya

A Mills

J Matherson

S Zayler

 D Anglin

JAncrum/T Webb 

 A Saunders

2015     F Maya        L Egan/A McMahon J Matherson S Zayler J Musster    L Kerr           W Walford

 

2016           F Maya       A Mills            J Musster              S Zayler   H Taylor    L Kerr            R Lucas            

    
 TEAM OF THE DECADE

Congratulations to our Team of the Decade! 1999 - 2009

 

Back

W Taseff

M Scicluna

W Walford 

Half Back

A Rhodes

D Gallagher

L Northway (Capt.) 

Centre

A Pitts

G Beven (Vice Capt.)

D Falcone 

Half Forward

M Harrison

A Sleight

S Pang 

Forward

M Harvey

L Stafford

P Greenham 

Rucks

M Radywonik 

D Harrison 

T Murphy 

Interchange

W Pye

T St Clair

 

 

D Stewart

D Ballard 

 

Coach

L Stafford

 

 

 

 

 

 

Selectors

K Matherson

N Wallmeyer

 

 

T Mackay

T Habel

 

 

 

 

History compiled by Tod Mackay; records by Ray Ryan